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5/26/2017

5/26/2017

The Detroit Public School Community District confirmed Nikolai Vitti as its new superintendent. The Financial Review Commission, which oversees the school's finances, voted to approve a five-year contract with Vitti, who previously had been superintendent of the Duval County Public Schools in Florida.

5/26/2017

The state education commissioner has reversed an earlier decision and will allow the school board of a rural Texas school district to remain in place despite concerns over violations of state rules. The Texas Education Agency still plans to lower the district's accreditation and to appoint a manager to help oversee the district.

5/26/2017

A legal group and six parents have filed a lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of a San Diego USD plan to protect Muslim students from bullying. ​In April, trustees in the districts voted to create a policy that would protect Muslim students from bullying by, among other steps, increasing lessons about Islam.

5/26/2017

There is a movement trying to break down the social, economic and psychological barriers that keep low-income rural students from having a shot at the elite range of the American dream. Most low-income students rely on their parents for college advice, and many of them end up going to colleges that are less rigorous than they can handle, the research shows.

5/26/2017

Every year thousands of Illinois students find they're not prepared for the academic rigors of college, even though they tackled general-level classes that school officials labeled as "college prep." Why not? One big reason: Those general-level classes—typically neither remedial nor advanced—weren't tough enough.

5/26/2017

House legislation calling for an elected Chicago Board of Education has once again passed with strong bipartisan support, but the bill may still have a difficult road ahead. The bill, which would triple the size of Chicago’s existing school board and allow residents to vote on their representation, was approved.

5/26/2017

MeTEOR Education is expanding its High-Impact Learning Experiences approach to school and classroom design with the launch of its onsite and web-based training and coaching services. The newly MeTEOR Connect web-based education services support includes videos, discussion guides and other materials.

5/26/2017

Garett Smith, currently Newport News' executive director of school leadership for the last five years, will be Staunton City Schools' next superintendent. He replaces Linda Reviea, who is retiring.

5/25/2017

5/25/2017

Schoology announced major enhancements to its integration with Microsoft Office 365. The updates will allow students and educators to more easily use Office 365 while working inside of Schoology to manage grades, assignments and student submissions.

5/25/2017

Chicago has become the center of a shake-up in the still-evolving charter school movement. The freedom that came with setting up charter schools is increasingly under fire, spawning union drives, potential strikes and pushback over pay and working conditions. A pro-labor town, Chicago has become the epicenter of charter union organizing in the country.

5/25/2017

The San Francisco school board expanded its support for students who are in the country without legal permission, emphasizing that the district will resist federal immigration enforcement efforts to the extent legally possible. The new policy was authored primarily by students from several high schools who lack legal permission to be in the U.S.

5/25/2017

Teachers are hit, kicked, spat on and sworn at, and threatened by parents. This is the reality of being a teacher in today's society. Until we address issues like poverty, affordable housing, parenting, pollution, and nutrition and have effective mental health work happening in our schools, these problems will persist, if not get worse.

5/25/2017

Developed with Scholastic, the Timex Time Machines Mobile App empowers kids to have fun through learning by seamlessly blending digital free-play with a variety of interactive lessons tailored for kids ages 5 through 9.

5/25/2017

An effort to overhaul the state’s beleaguered school finance system has been declared dead after the Texas Senate Education Committee’s chairman said that he would not appoint conferees to negotiate with the House.

5/25/2017

A Pennsylvania court order that stopped school districts outside Pittsburgh from conducting background checks of all applicants and employees on school roofing projects while the legality of the checks could be decided has been overturned by a Pennsylvania appellate court.

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